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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2013) 17 (1 (40)): 1–6.
Published: 01 March 2013
...David Scott This short essay offers one frame in which to think about the idea of a black radical tradition, a term whose elements are all essentially unstable and contested. What is at stake is a historically minded inquiry into “uses” rather than “meanings”—that is, the historical conjunctures in...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2013) 17 (1 (40)): 40–49.
Published: 01 March 2013
... dignity, history, and political aspirations of black people, especially those in the United States. She created and performed a body of work informed by a radical political and aesthetic vision. As such, the idea of a black radical tradition helps to illuminate the context within which Primus danced and...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2013) 17 (1 (40)): 84–95.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Nijah Cunningham Marking the close of the conference “The Idea of a Black Radical Tradition,” this roundtable served as a workshop for participants to explore, extend, and trouble the cultural and political discourse of black radicalism. © 2013 by Small Axe, Inc. 2013 After two days of careful and...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2013) 17 (2 (41)): 43–57.
Published: 01 July 2013
... “enormous condescension of posterity.” 10 Over his long career, Price-Mars would be inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, in turn inspire the Negritude movement, and in the process become one of the quintessential figures facilitating the thought and movement of ideas about black cultural sovereignty...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2016) 20 (3 (51)): 49–64.
Published: 01 November 2016
... the idea of Hispanic Caribbean studies for the historical study of the region. Historically, the Hispanic Caribbean at times included islands and colonies such as Jamaica, Trinidad, and Saint-Domingue. Patterns of migration further complicate the boundaries of the Hispanic Caribbean, as diaspora...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2011) 15 (3 (36)): 164–172.
Published: 01 November 2011
... , brought about a reevaluation of political and economic ideas, laws, and relationships critical to the development of the nation-state. Additionally, post–US occupation was one of several key moments when a notion of a new Haiti proved fruitful for activists and thinkers of the day, who believed in the...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2017) 21 (3 (54)): 43–47.
Published: 01 November 2017
...David Scott This essay introduces the project of rethinking the cultural-political historiography of Jamaica of which “The Jamaican 1960s” is a contribution. It sets out the question in relation to the idea of a Jamaican intellectual tradition. Specifically, it inquires into the way the idea of the...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2010) 14 (2 (32)): 17–41.
Published: 01 July 2010
... violence, state destabilization, and economic collapse within the Jamaican state). Using an idea of sound as a marker of ideological projection and political possibility, this essay considers how forms of black political representation and national liberation move across geographic spaces and can represent...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2017) 21 (2 (53)): 184–192.
Published: 01 July 2017
... kind of politics may be emerging in the region, one that decouples the idea of freedom from the idea of national independence and territorial sovereignty. This new political possibility is rooted in what Beckett calls the politics of disjuncture, that is, in the political action that emerges from...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2016) 20 (2 (50)): 14–27.
Published: 01 July 2016
...Barnor Hesse Nahum Chandler, in his remarkably evocative book X—The Problem of the Negro as a Problem for Thought , works with the Derridean idea of the exorbitant to argue that W. E. B. Du Bois's thinking exceeds and transforms the terms of Western critical thought on modernity. Du Bois is...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2016) 20 (1 (49)): 129–145.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Aaron Kamugisha “Black Metamorphosis,” Sylvia Wynter's unpublished manuscript of the 1970s, is premised on the idea that the black experience of coloniality is crucial to comprehending the history of the New World. This essay traces the idea of black experience in “Black Metamorphosis” through the...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2013) 17 (2 (41)): 1–7.
Published: 01 July 2013
...David Scott This essay urges that in considering the question of Caribbean studies we think not only about the substantive content of our work but also about the senses in which this work makes assumptions about the idea and project of Caribbean studies as a conceptual-ideological field. The essay...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2011) 15 (3 (36)): 108–114.
Published: 01 November 2011
...Celia Britton In this personal tribute to Glissant Britton describes some of the most resonant themes of his novels (the idea of changing while still remaining, the significance of place, and his exploration of madness) and the “opaque” poetic characteristics of his style, which extend from the...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2017) 21 (2 (53)): 68–80.
Published: 01 July 2017
...Patricia Mohammed This essay examines the organic connection between the methods and materials used by Indian artist Wendy Nanan and the metaphysical ideas that underpin her creativity. Her exposure to a mixture of religious and cultural practices drawn from Presbyterianism and Hinduism, to the...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2017) 21 (2 (53)): 193–200.
Published: 01 July 2017
...Christienna D. Fryar This essay engages Yarimar Bonilla's Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment (2015) by considering one of its key throughlines: the idea of disappointment as a motivator of politics, especially non-sovereign politics. Through an...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2012) 16 (2 (38)): 75–85.
Published: 01 July 2012
... publication of Baugh's article and its republication, the questions of historical invisibility have entered newly disputed territories that demand attention to how gender, indigeneity, spirituality, and sexuality shape ideas of historical and literary legitimacy, in addition to those foundational questions...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 June 2007) 11 (2): 209–216.
Published: 01 June 2007
...Madison Smartt Bell This essay responds to four critics who discuss Bell's trilogy of novels about the Haitian Revolution— All Souls' Rising, Master of the Crossroads, The Stone That the Builder Refused. Particular attention is paid to the idea of a French royalist plot behind the slave...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2009) 13 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 March 2009
... production of the crime of obeah discursively isolated those aspects of Caribbean spiritual practice that match terms defined as antonyms of or precursors to religion—“magic,” “superstition,” “witchcraft,” separating these aspects from others that conform more easily to an idea of “religion.” This colonial...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2009) 13 (2): 4–25.
Published: 01 July 2009
... history, and the existential context in which it occurs. It asks about the wisdom of promoting ideas about global blackness that do not at the same time examine the political economy that explains the globalizing of blackness nor the deleterious legacy of Western discourse that construed people of African...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2014) 18 (2 (44)): 72–79.
Published: 01 July 2014
... trajectory of institutions, practices, social structures, and ideas in the country, and yet scholars writing about the period face a range of empirical and methodological challenges. Both older work and recent research, however, illuminates greatly this important period and offers examples for future...